Five awards recog­nis­ing out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to the road trans­port in­dus­try were handed out dur­ing the 2018 Road Freight NSW con­fer­ence

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Award winders cel­e­brated dur­ing the 2018 Road Freight NSW con­fer­ence

THIS YEAR’S ROAD FREIGHT NSW (RFNSW) 2018 con­fer­ence, held on Septem­ber 13 at the Rooty Hill RSL in western Syd­ney, cel­e­brated four road trans­port in­dus­try in­di­vid­u­als from across NSW, and one com­pany for its ded­i­ca­tion to safety. RFNSW says it hosts the awards to show­case the hard work, road safety, in­no­va­tion and ex­per­tise of mem­bers across the state. The five win­ners were: Out­stand­ing Con­tri­bu­tion to the NSW Truck­ing In­dus­try, Leigh Smart, For­mula Chem­i­cals; NSW Trans­port Woman of the Year, Roslyn An­der­son, Wales Truck Re­pairs; NSW Pro­fes­sional Driver of the Year, Joshua Carter, Carter Heavy Haulage; NSW Top Tech­ni­cal and Main­te­nance, Ray­mond ‘Reg­gie’ Sut­ton, R Sut­ton Trans­port; and NSW Best Safety Cul­ture Award, JL Pierce Trans­port.

Si­mon O’Hara, CEO of Road Freight NSW, con­grat­u­lated the win­ners for the role they all played in ad­vanc­ing the road trans­port in­dus­try and im­prov­ing truck­ing for all. “Con­grat­u­la­tions to all of our win­ners for the valu­able con­tri­bu­tions they’ve made to our in­dus­try over the past 12 months,” O’Hara says. “RFNSW would like to com­mend them all for the ded­i­ca­tion, com­mit­ment and in­tegrity they have shown in help­ing raise the aware­ness and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of what our driv­ers do out on the roads each and ev­ery day.

“It’s fit­ting that we can for­mally recog­nise them all, as they show­case all that’s good in our in­dus­try.”

O’Hara praised Leigh Smart for be­ing a pas­sion­ate in­dus­try ad­vo­cate over his 40 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in the heavy ve­hi­cle and chem­i­cal man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try.

“Leigh has de­vel­oped a strong pro­gram of cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity (CSR), found­ing and op­er­at­ing the bi-an­nual Truck Week aware­ness event for lo­cal Mel­rose Park school chil­dren and he’s a gen­er­ous fundraiser for the Fiji Can­cer So­ci­ety, as well as the Fred Hol­lows Foun­da­tion – Pa­cific Eye In­sti­tute and Fiji Blind So­ci­ety,” he says.

Com­mu­nity causes

“Roslyn An­der­son grew up in the trans­port in­dus­try and is a fine ex­am­ple of what ded­i­ca­tion is all about. While work­ing for a trans­port com­pany, she stud­ied at night at TAFE and then at Univer­sity to achieve a TAFE Cer­tifi­cate and a Bach­e­lor of Com­merce in ac­count­ing and she is a CPA,” O’Hara says.

“Her knowl­edge and ex­per­tise comes to the fore at the smash re­pair firm where’s she’s work­ing. She’s sup­ported the growth in the busi­ness from five to 22 em­ploy­ees and still spends time at the truck work­shop sup­port­ing driv­ers.

“Roslyn is also ac­tively in­volved in char­i­ta­ble and com­mu­nity causes, in­clud­ing Con­voy for Kids. We need more women like Roslyn in our in­dus­try.”

O’Hara praised Joshua Carter for his im­mac­u­late driv­ing record, in­clud­ing over 700,000 in­ci­dent-free kilo­me­tres a year with­out los­ing a li­cence point. “Joshua Carter has the safety of his staff, clients and the driv­ing com­mu­nity as his main pri­or­ity. Josh con­tin­ues to adopt cut­ting-edge tech­nol­ogy and on­go­ing driver train­ing. It’s this type of com­mit­ment to safety which is chang­ing some of the neg­a­tive per­cep­tions as­so­ci­ated with the trans­port in­dus­try.”

Truck­safe am­bas­sador

Reg­gie Sut­ton is no stranger to re­ceiv­ing awards, hav­ing won the Live­stock, Bulk and Ru­ral Car­ri­ers As­so­ci­a­tion Young Driver of the Year award in 2015.

“Reg­gie Sut­ton is a qual­i­fied diesel and au­to­mo­tive me­chanic and his hands-on skills and knowl­edge have en­abled him to man­age his own fleet and as­sist other trans­port op­er­a­tors in the Rive­rina area,” O’Hara con­tin­ues. “As a 2018 Truck­Safe Am­bas­sador, Reg­gie is fully-com­mit­ted to heavy ve­hi­cle safety and has be­come a men­tor for young driv­ers, en­cour­ag­ing more peo­ple to join our in­dus­try.”

O’Hara says NSW Best Safety Cul­ture Award win­ner JL Pierce Trans­port is a proud fam­ily owned busi­ness that has been op­er­at­ing for over 65 years, and cur­rently op­er­ates 150 trucks, em­ploy­ing over 350 peo­ple.

“Their vi­sion is to achieve a su­pe­rior dis­tri­bu­tion ser­vice for clients through the de­liv­ery of ded­i­cated in­no­va­tive lo­gis­tics, specif­i­cally within the fuel and petroleum in­dus­try,” he says. “The com­pany is com­mit­ted to con­tin­ual im­prove­ment and in­dus­try best prac­tice through in­vest­ment in in­no­va­tion, safety and re­sources.”

Above: Josh Carter (cen­tre) re­ceives his Pro­fes­sional Driver award from RFNSW CEO Si­mon O’Hara and BP Aus­tralia’s busi­ness de­vel­op­ment man­ager Vanda Power. Photo Cam­era Cre­ations

From far left: Si­mon O’Hara (left), NSW Trans­port Woman of the Year win­ner Roslyn An­der­son, and Gary Wheat­ley from Daim­ler Truck and Bus; From left: Truck­Safe gen­eral man­ager Justin Fleming, LBRCA COO Bec Cole­man and award-win­ner Reg­gie Sut­ton. Photo Cam­era Cre­ations

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